I've done half a dozen triathlons and the swim leg has always been a challenge. The first time I did an open water swim years ago, I panicked. I couldn't believe the difference from swimming in a pool where I could see the nice tiled stripe along the bottom leading me to the wall where I could touch and take a good breath before the next length. That's a far cry from swimming past fish, through seaweed growing from the bottom, and staring into dark nothingness. And then I tried a friends' wetsuit and was again surprsied. The buoyancy of the wetsuit was wonderful. I haven't done a race without a wetsuit since- even though I didn't own one myself. I've been fortunate to have a generous neighbor who lets me borrow his suit for races.
Until now....I just purchased an Xterra Vector Pro wetsuit. Well, technically my parents are purchasing it as a Christmas gift but I ordered it and tried it out last week in the pool to check the fit. I think I'm in love. I harly had to do anything- I think the suit actually kicked a little for me. The few laps I did seemed so effortless. And I didn't need to perform any circus acts to get it on like spraying myself with Pam or using plastic bags. Now, maybe that means I could have gone a size smaller but it felt good swimming, so I'm happy.
I'm looking forward to my open water swims next year, and that's the first time I've ever said that!